From the moment Hartmann’s mountain zebra Yipes was born July 2, 2020, his arrival brought our animal care team abundant joy. He playfully tossed blades of grass in the air like confetti. He rolled around in the mud until he was black, white and red. And, he leapt into the air when he stopped to smell a flower and a butterfly unexpectedly took flight. Amidst all of the challenges of the past year, Yipes was undoubtedly a bright spot, and we have enjoyed watching him grow.
Today, we celebrate our confident and independent zebra colt’s first birthday! Normally, we scatter Yipes’ diet around the pasture so he can forage for hay, grass, pellets, bamboo, autumn olive browse (leavy branches) and mulberry browse. In honor of his special day, however, we presented Yipes with a giant “cake” made of zebra-friendly foods! The base of the cake is made of hay, complete with grass “icing” and pellet “sprinkles.” We topped it off with a carrot “candle” and a slice of apple for the “flame.” He seemed very interested in the treat, and it wasn’t long before he was nibbling away!